White Wine: Grunerveltliner Wachau, Austria

88 Points 

Light honey colored with flowers, fruit and grapefruit nose. Spicy grapefruit taste. A great wine chilled. It would be good as an apperatif or with white fish dishes. This wine is made in the Danube Valley. Gruner Veltliner is the number one grape varietal produced in Austria. A good table wine.


White Wine

Name: Grunerveltliner Wachau

Grape: Gruner Veltliner

Region:  Austria

Maker: Domaine Wachau

Price: $15

Alcohol: 12.1%


Red Wine: Spy Valley Pinot Noir, 2010, Malborough, New Zealand.

89 Points – $25

Translucent pinky red in color with plum, fresh fruit and mild floral aroma. Creamy palate of cherries, licorice and black tea. Nice finish. Not a bad New Zealand Pinot.

Red Wine

Year: 2010

Name: Spy Valley

Grape: Pinot Noir

Region: Malborough, New Zealand

Maker: Spy Valley Wines

Price: $25

Alcohol: 14%

Red Wine: Old River Road Ponderosa Vineyard, 2005, California.

86 Points – $27

Medium in color and body, this wine has a tannic smell with notes of oak and currants. Acidic in taste with fruit and mocha overtones. Plush furry finish. Needs to mellow with decanting.

Red Wine

Year: 2005

Name: Old River Road Ponderosa Vineyard 

Grape: Pinot Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: California, U.S.A.

Maker: Old River Road Cellars

Price: $27

Alcohol: 13.6%